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It's not a religion or a weight loss program

Misconceptions and high prices slow down pace of yoga s popularity CAIRO: In many Western countries, where nutrition stores and organic supermarkets are as ubiquitous as restaurant chains, yoga seems like the obvious counterpart to a subculture that has become unhealthily obsessed with health – or at least the idea of it. Here in Egypt, …

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A global trend companies can't ignore

CAIRO: When the United Nations Global Compact in Egypt launched in 2003, its coordinator Mohamed El-Kalla had only a handful of Egyptian companies, and represented the only Middle Eastern country participating in the project. Since last summer, he now works with 69 local companies, and happily announces he will witness the launch of programs in …

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When homework is home-work

Egyptian-American teens learn from the comfort of their living room CAIRO: Imagine a classroom just steps away from your bed, conducting a science experiment in your kitchen, and taking a walk to the bakery for PhysEd class. This is a normal school day for Nathaniel and Daniel Sedra, 16 and 13 years old, Egyptian-American boys …

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Egypt's Nobel prize winning writer Mahfuz in hospital

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: World renowned Egyptian writer Nagib Mahfuz, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1988, has been admitted to hospital, a hospital official said Thursday. Mahfuz, 95, is suffering from kidney problems, pneumonia and other ailments relating to his age, said Muntassem Abdel Muti, spokesman at Cairo s Police Hospital where he …

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Three of 11 missing Egyptian students in U.S. officials' custody

Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS, U.S.: Three Egyptian students, sought along with eight others who failed to show up for an exchange program in Montana, were taken into custody on Wednesday, authorities said. Eslam Ibrahim Mohamed El-Dessouki, 21, was taken into custody in Minnesota on what was termed an administrative immigration violation as an out-of-status student, according …

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Digitizing our cultural and natural heritage

Cultnat has taken on the task of archiving the country s rich past CAIRO: The center for documentation of cultural and natural heritage, Cultnat (combining the two words culture and nature ) is dedicated to preserving what is essentially Egypt’s claim to fame: its incredible heritage. The center is located in the Smart Village on …

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Israelis seize Christian towns in south Lebanon

Reuters MARJAYOUN, Lebanon: Israeli troops seized the Christian towns of Marjayoun and Qlaiah in south Lebanon on Thursday, witnesses said, even though Israel says it has put off plans for a broader offensive against Hezbollah guerrillas. A Reuters journalist said Israeli troops had moved on foot through Marjayoun, about 8 km inside Lebanon, as well …

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Hollywood's memorial to Ancient Egypt

The Hollywood Walk of Fame also leads to Grauman s Egyptian Theater LOS ANGELES: Whether you are gambling in downtown Las Vegas at the Luxor Casino and Hotel or shopping on the other side of the world in Dubai at Wafi Mall, you are bound to be amazed by the buildings, restaurants, and shopping centers …

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The Arab League has failed to "fulfill the hopes and expectations" of Somalia

A perpetual landmine for interventionists, Somalia has witnessed its share of inept approaches. Early in the conflict, the United States precluded any possible mediator role by denigrating the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) with Al-Qaeda and Taliban rhetoric-a U.S. response familiar to Islamic regimes. The United Nations foiled attempts at negotiating the peace process by …

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Swiftly shifting sands of the Mideast

The following question was posed by The Washington Post a few days ago. It was answered, for The Daily Star Egypt by M.J. Akbar: Question: If Lebanon survives as a state, many analysts predict it will be dominated by Hezbollah. How will post-war Lebanon change the political dynamics in the Middle East? Sand doesn t …

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E-payments become more convenient for shoppers

New pre-paid cards offer discount rewards at CityStars CAIRO: Aiming to enhance electronic payment in Egypt, the National Bank of Egypt (NBE), in co-operation with Visa International and CityStars, has launched the CityStars Pre-paid Visa Electron card, granting customers a wide variety of special offers and discounts at the mall’s stores. “Customers of the CityStars, …

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Museum teaches children to have fun

This summer take a family trip to the first interactive museum CAIRO: If your child is between the ages of 5 and 13 and you are looking for a place where he can learn something new and at the same time have fun, one good place to visit would be the Suzanne Mubarak Children s …

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Tok Tok trials and tribulations

The three-wheeled motorcycle may become a regular feature of Cairo traffic CAIRO: Is it a motorcycle? Is it a car? No, it’s a Tok Tok. It’s a motorcycle with three wheels and a cabin for passengers. About two or three people can squeeze in somewhat comfortably and it is one of the latest means of …

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India to triple its investment in Egypt in the next four years

CAIRO: The Embassy of India in Cairo held a press conference yesterday celebrating the 59th anniversary of India’s independence. A. Gopinathan, Indain ambassador to Egypt discussed India’s position on the region’s strained political affairs along with Indian-Egyptian economic relations. Gopinathen emphasized his deep worry regarding the rising tension between Israel and Lebanon reiterating earlier statements …

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Protests, demonstrations, a public outcry of anger

What it takes to make patient Egyptians stand up and be counted CAIRO: Egyptians surely rank amongst the most patient and non-confrontational of peoples. But every now and then they get fed up and explode. It happened in 1952 as a result of colonial tensions coupled with the inaction of an opulent monarchy. While King …

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Egypt condemns Israel's arrest of Palestinian speaker

Associated Press CAIRO: Arab and Islamic officials on Sunday condemned Israel for arresting the Palestinian parliament speaker and called for his immediate release. Egypt, the Arab League and the Organization of the Islamic Conference said the arrest early Sunday of Abdel Aziz Duaik, a member of Hamas, at his West Bank home violated international laws. …

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A city under siege

An eyewitness account of Beirut under attack BEIRUT: No one moves in Beirut in the evening. Lately, the bombing has started again and for the last couple of nights (not last night), Beirut has been bombed from about 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. First, you hear the drones, unmanned planes used for reconnaissance. They buzz …

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Hamas says no prisoner swap imminent, despite Egyptian mediation

Associated Press DAMASCUS, Syria: Six weeks after Hamas militants captured an Israeli soldier near Gaza and Egypt stepped in to mediate, a prisoner swap for Palestinians was still not imminent, a senior Hamas official said Saturday. Moussa Abu Marzouk, deputy head of Hamas political bureau, told The Associated Press that Egypt had put forth many …

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UN council considers French-US Mideast resolution

Reuters UNITED NATIONS: UN Security Council envoys attempted on Sunday to put finishing touches on a draft resolution from France and the United States calling for a halt to fighting between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas and setting terms for a settlement to the conflict. The text calls for a full cessation of hostilities, asks UN …

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New customs facilities to Egyptian expatriates from Lebanon

NOOZZ CAIRO: Minister of Finance Yousef Botrus Ghali has ordered the country’s customs clearance venues to provide greater facilities for Egyptians returning from Lebanon as a result of the Israeli offensive in the country The facilities include temporary admission for Egyptian cars for one month, renewable to a similar period upon approval from the Customs …

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India to triple its investment in Egypt in the next four years

CAIRO: The Embassy of India in Cairo held a press conference yesterday celebrating the 59th anniversary of India’s independence. A. Gopinathan, Indain ambassador to Egypt discussed India’s position on the region’s strained political affairs along with Indian-Egyptian economic relations. Gopinathen emphasized his deep worry regarding the rising tension between Israel and Lebanon reiterating earlier statements …

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Are we there yet?

Put a stop to children’s restlessness in the car with fun, educational games ALEXANDRIA: Children get bored quickly, but at the same time it doesn t take much to relieve their boredom. The true challenge, however, comes when children are cooped up in a vehicle for hours at a time. Instead of unfastening their seatbelts …

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Beaches that rock the North Coast

Whether you like the crowds or quiet, this summer s beaches offer both NORTH COAST, Alexandria: The lake coast at Marina s seventh gate is the new hottest beach this summer. The long extended beach across the lake is a mixture between greenery and sand. The entrance via Marina’s seventh gate, which commonly known as …

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If you can't handle it, take time off or breathe

Five ways to relieve stress, freshen the body and mind CAIRO: When people say they are “under stress or “feeling stressed it can mean anything from over-exhaustion and emotional anguish, to basic bouts with everyday anxiety. The problem is that many people don’t understand the meaning of the term in the correct sense. Stress is …

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Enjoy an aromatic summer with the 'King of Fruits'

A quick guide to buying and eating everyone’s favorite fruit: mango CAIRO: Known to man for over 4,000 years, the mango has been at the top of the favored tropical fruit list with its mouth watering taste and aroma. But this doesn t mean that every piece of mango in the market is a culinary …

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Small projects for real development

Fathet Kheir extends opportunities to El-Mokattam residents CAIRO: With difficulty, holding in her hands two large wooden sticks to support her handicapped legs, Affaf, a 30-year-old mother, entered Fathet Kheir in 2004, with a cheerful smile, hoping to receive a small amount of developmental support to assist her in her bleak circumstances. Living in a …

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